Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is a mobile home?
A mobile home is a house that is endowed with a chassis, wheels and tow lance. It is a 100% mobile element, which is transported without the need to disassemble it previously and it is not necessary to fix it to the ground by any means. This means that it meets all the characteristics of what is known by a “MOBILE GOODS”, which are regulated in Article 335 of the Civil Code “… all those that can be transported from one point to another without impairment of the immovable thing to which they are united.” In addition, it is not necessary to carry out any work for its installation and can be changed of location.
UNE-EN 1647, which regulates habitable recreational vehicles and mobile homes, defines the latter as a “portable habitable recreational vehicle, which does not meet the requirements for the construction and use of road vehicles, which retains its means of transport, mobility and that is destined to an occasional or seasonal occupation.”
The mobile home is identified with a chassis number, and a number plate, this being the one that is usually reflected both in the documentation that accompanies the mobile home and in a plate located next to the entrance door. Therefore, this type of industrialized housing is self-supporting and monobloc, using chassis, axle, tires and reversible drag lance for ease of movement and transportation.
According to the criteria of manufacture and installation of mobile housing, it allows its assembly, without being attached or anchored to the ground and without the need for foundation or any interlocking civil works.
2) Do these homes need concrete foundation or any other foundation?
No, mobile homes do not require foundation. These houses have a metal chassis that serves as a base, complemented, often with legs (which are also made of metal). They can be supported with little easels that serve as support and mechanism to level the house, that is, to make it totally horizontal. Alternatively they can be leveled with wooden trunks, train sleepers or yellow blocks.
3) Can these houses be swept away by the wind?
Mobile homes are usually heavy enough for the wind not to be able to carry them. Mobile homes usually weigh several tons.
4) How many years do these houses last?
The duration of a mobile home depends on the care that its owner applies to it. It is the same as a traditionally constructed house. They are usually made of resistant materials such as iron in the chassis, facades made of aluminum sheet, pvc, wood, concrete or canexel, they are durable elements and provide great resistance to the use and the adversities of the climate.
5) Are these houses supplied with furniture and appliances included?
Indeed, they are delivered with all the furniture and appliances depending on the model, but always have basic appliances (kitchen, water heater, refrigerator, smoke extractor). Other appliances may be included depending on the model and price unless specified.
6) Do I have to do plumbing and electrical installations or are they already done?
The plumbing, electricity, gas, drain and food facilities are already made and run under the house. A plumber should make the connections either to the septic tank or to the public networks. It is a simple job and will take only a few hours.
7) Can these houses be stolen, I mean, since they have wheels and a hitch?
These houses can only be transported by a special truck for this purpose. Their weight and the particularity of the chassis structure prevents them from being stolen because although they have wheels, they are not made to move freely, they only have the ability to be mounted on a truck for longer distance transportation or to be moved a few meters of surface.
8) How do you transport these houses?
They are transported on a special truck for this purpose, which, in addition, must have its insurance and permits to move this type of cargo.
9) Can I take it to my terrain with my car, it’s a 4X4?
It is true that they can be attached to a 4X4 but only to be moved in a small space, on a plot to put it in position, for example. You can not travel with these houses as if it were a caravan.